Stephen Stec

Senior Research Fellow
Lead researcher and head of Working Group on Environment and Democracy

Contact information

Budapest, Nador u. 11 | 607

Stephen Stec first taught business law at CEU in 1992 and returned in 1998 as an adjunct in ENVSCI. Beginning in 2021, he joined the CEU Democracy Institute as the lead of the Environment and Democracy Working Group.  He is a lawyer and his areas of research are the intersection of humanitarian law and sustainable development, environment and security, and corporate accountability.  For over 20 years he has done fieldwork and research with international organizations in Europe, Central Asia, Africa and China, including UNEP, UNDP, OSCE, OECD, UNECE, the European Commission, EBRD, REC and CEELI.  From 1994 to 1996 he lived in Lviv, Ukraine where he supported the development of environmental public advocacy centers with CEELI.  He participated in the negotiation of the Aarhus Convention and other MEAs and contributed to environmental peacebuilding efforts in Bosnia-Herzegovina and in the Sava River Basin. From 2006-08 he served on the Managing Board of the ENVSEC initiative ( He is a fellow of the Institute for East European Law and Russian Studies at Leiden University (NL), a member of the World Justice Forum, IUCN CEL, and ICEL and serves on the editorial board of the European Energy and Environmental Law Review. In 2007 Mr. Stec was a co-recipient of the Rule of Law Award.

Visiting Fellow, University of Baltimore Center for International and Comparative Law, 2022-23

Global Visiting Scholar, University of Dundee, Institute for Social Sciences Research, 2019

Visiting Associate Professor, Osaka University Graduate School of Law and Politics, 2016

Visiting Professor, Ocean University of China, 2014-15

Adjunct Professor, Monterey Institute of International Studies, 2013 (now Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey)

Visiting Scholar, University of Toronto Faculty of Law, 2011

Visiting Scholar, Middlebury College, 2009



J.D., University of Maryland School of Law
B.A., The Johns Hopkins University

Courses taught by Stephen Stec

Events with involvement of Stephen Stec

No events at this time.

Projects with involvement of Stephen Stec